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Primer on Fitness

I hope you all enjoyed Part 1 of the “Primer Series”. If you have any questions about nutrition, or are looking for scientific evidence behind my assertions, please comment or send me an e-mail. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions.

Okay. So Part 2 of the “Primer Series” deals with fitness, and what approach one should take to the wonderful world of exercise while traveling. My recommendations are easy to implement while on the road, yet still incredibly beneficial for your overall health and physique. As a note, I understand many readers are already walking quite a bit while traveling. These tips are for travelers who want to incorporate an intentional fitness routine into their day.

Suggestion 1: Make Fitness Simple

When you think of fitness in the context of modern society, what picture immediately pops into your head? Probably a gym filled with treadmills, ellipticals, machine-weights and a few free-weights. Buying an over-priced membership at the local YMCA is the common solution to a widespread weight crisis in America.

Metrorail Meditation

On Kitty Litter Zen Garden

Finding a way to meditate regularly has been a real challenge for me. I tried getting up early to meditate but found I kept hitting snooze. Then for a while I meditated in the evenings but found that it was often skipped for a new episode of Downton Abbey or some other enticing activity. Now my "go to" time for meditating is during my commute which is thankfully by rail. It's not ideal but it happens Monday through Friday, morning and afternoon. I plug in my headphones and set the MP3 player to Jon Kabat-Zinn's Sitting Meditation. It's about 42 minutes long and I have 20 minutes in the morning and another 20 in the afternoon. Occasionally it's a standing meditation rather than sitting. Other times I run into a co-worker who likes to chat and I take that option. But often I have a chance to tune in twice a day.

This week I'm on Spring Break and finding my routine changed has also changed my meditation routine. I'm using other opportunities to be mindful (those litter boxes still need to be changed) but I haven't done my usual meditation. Let's see how it affects my mood and ability to stay present. I'm already missing it and may find a time to sit tonight or tomorrow.

How do you fit meditation into your schedule? Does it make a difference when you don't? I know it does for me, even if I'm in a "low stress" mode.

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